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Volume 648: debated on Wednesday 8 November 1961

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62 and 65.

asked the Lord Privy Seal (1) what representations he has made to the Portuguese Government concerning the continuing ill-treatment of United Kingdom citizens who are Protestant Church leaders in Angola; and whether he will make a statement;(2) what further report he has received concerning the work of British missionaries in Angola; and whether he will make a statement.

My information is that United Kingdom and Canadian missionaries now in Angola number together with their families about fifty and eighty, respectively, and that their work is proceeding normally except in the north, where the disturbed conditions have imposed limitations on it. No further representations have been made to the Portuguese authorities, having regard to their published assurance that their security measures in certain areas are a means of guaranteeing the resumption of normal missionary activities.